Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 60 - 430 m (Ref. 5578), usually 60 - ? m. Subtropical; 23°S - 37°S, 19°E - 45°E (Ref. 54706)
Western Indian Ocean: off Madagascar and from southern Mozambique to Cape Agulhas, South Africa.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?, range 110 - ? cm
Max length : 170 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5578)
Found on the continental shelf and upper slope to at least 430 m (Ref. 247). Feeds on bony fish, also shrimp, mysids and squid (Ref. 5578). Ovoviviparous (Ref. 50449), with 5 to 7 young in a litter (Ref. 247). Probably uses its saw to stun and kill prey (Ref. 5578). Sometimes caught by sports anglers (Ref. 5578).
Ovoviviparous, with 5 to 7 young in a litter (others have 7 to 17 developing eggs). Size at birth about 35 cm. Embryos feed solely on yolk (Ref. 50449).
Compagno, L.J.V., 1984. FAO Species Catalogue. Vol. 4. Sharks of the world. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of shark species known to date. Part 1 - Hexanchiformes to Lamniformes. FAO Fish. Synop. 125(4/1):1-249. Rome, FAO. (Ref. 247)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest; gamefish: yes
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 11.2 - 21.7, mean 15.8 (based on 40 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.0078 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 4.2 ±0.6 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Very Low, minimum population doubling time more than 14 years (Fec=5).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): High to very high vulnerability (75 of 100) .